The Healer

One night a group of people sent
a woman to my house who wanted to touch

everyone. Her skin was dark, the moon’s
blue hues on her shoulders. She braided

my hair, and all through the night
her mouth moved

in another language. No sound came
from those lips. I tried

to understand, tried to move my lips
as soundlessly as her own for fear

of breaking glass. The woman untied my hair
and braided it again. By morning,

I opened my mouth, and a plague
of flies

was released.

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About mckenzielynntozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives and writes in South Bend, Indiana, where she works as the Departmental Secretary of English and World Language Studies at Indiana University South Bend, and remains closely affiliated with 42 Miles Press, New Issues Poetry and Prose, and Wolfson Press. She previously received her MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University, where she worked as the Layout and Design Editor for New Issues Poetry and Prose and as an Assistant Editor of Poetry for Third Coast. Her poems have appeared in Encore Magazine, Sleet Magazine, Rogue Agent, Thank You for Swallowing, Whale Road Review, The James Franco Review, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and Analecta; and her book reviews have appeared on her website and on The Rumpus. She lives with her husband, their daughter, and three cats. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com. View all posts by mckenzielynntozan

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